Marmotte GranFondo 2014

July 7th, 2014 | Posted by peterpouly in PETER POULY | TEAM
La Marmotte is also known in France as “la Doyenne”, it is one of the world’s oldest and most famous races and it is open to everyone interested in riding some of the legendary roads of the Tour de France under race conditions.
It is a chance for everyone to ride like a pro for a day. Some riders are pros already, others want to become pros and others just do it for the challenge!
The list of past winners is incredible, Brochard, Halgand, Ten Dam etc… The last French winner was Didier Miranda, 16 years ago.
This year I focused on this race. I was able to train strongly despite having a lot of work to do and also having a difficult recovery after the Ronda Pilipinas. However with the support of my boss, my team, my wife and my friends I was able to complete my goal. I had spent extra time training during the past month and my body started to feel better and better, and I knew what I had to do to be ready on the day.
The race was new for me with 5000 vertical metres of climbing in one day, and I knew that I would have to be patient and eat and drink as much as I could to make it to the finish.
The race started with a flat section and I was nervous about how my legs would feel on the Glandon. After a few kilometres my HR was still low and I felt good.
Col Glandon:
Distance > 21,8 km
Time > 1:03:07
Avg HR > 147
Avg Watt > 288w
Avg W/Kg : 4.8
My goal was to eat, drink and not get cold and on the next col, the Col du Telegraphe, I could feel the other riders were getting nervous. A five man breakaway formed at the front, I chased and caught four of them leaving one other with a lead of about a minute out the front.
Col du Telegraphe:
Distance > 12,1 km
Time > 38:17
Avg HR > 150
Avg Watt > 301w
Avg W/Kg : 5.01
Just after Valloire I needed to pee so I stopped, however I was able to catch the group of about twenty riders again easily.
Loic Ruffaut and I worked together for a while at about 330W and when I looked behind there were only two riders left. I asked them to work with us but they refused. I attacked again and asked Loic to follow but he couldn’t so I started up alone. However I realised that the descent of the Lautaret is long so I eased off and decided to wait for Loic and the Belgian riders and up the tempo again on the Col du Galibier instead.
Col du Galibier :
Distance > 14,9 km
Time > 48:21
Avg HR > 155
Avg Watt > 296w
Avg W/Kg : 4.93
Three of us worked together on the descent and an Italian rider caught us a few km before the Alpe d’Huez.
When we started the Alp d’Huez I could feel the history. In my mind I saw all the great battles of the TDF and I remembered how I felt when I rode up for the TT on the Haute Route. I decided to go full gas. I pushed the button on my SRM and went for it. After 6km I could see I had a 386W average and my dad told me I was 3 minutes ahead of the next rider. He said to me, “What are you doing? You have more races to come so don’t kill yourself” Whether he was right or not I don’t know but I slowed down and as I knew I would win for sure I took it easy for the last 6km, savouring the moment.
Alpes d’Huez:
Distance > 12,2 km
Time > 44:25
Avg HR > 169
Avg Watt > 311w
Avg W/Kg : 5.18
Alpes d’Huez first 15min before to slow down:
Distance >  4,4 km
Time > 15:02
Avg HR > 171
Avg Watt > 361w
Avg W/Kg : 6.01
I did it, I won the Marmotte. I am so happy for my wife, for my team, and for my sponsors Infinite and Singha. These brands have supported and cheered for me and I am very proud to fly the Thai flag for them in the world of cycling.

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  • jcpg

    Super. It is very nice to tell the story of your race with som nay details, and to share it with us. Good luck for future challenges.

  • s

    Cool, without knowing so I was hanging in your wheel(s) on the decent (mi-marmotte). Much respect & congrats with the win! Grts